Made In Canada
OTDBASE, a Canadian-based and Canadian-developed occupational
therapy journal literature search service, is the only internet-based
indexing and abstracting service that contains over 8000 abstracts
from over 20 national and international occupational therapy journals
dated from 1970 to the present. Although most therapists are aware of
professional information in their own occupational therapy journal,
they generally have limited opportunity to know of the relevant
literature in the many other occupational therapy journals published
around the world. With both the art and science of occupational therapy
growing, it becomes increasingly more important, and efficient, for all
occupational therapists to be aware of new ideas and research being
published around the world.
The idea of OTDBASE came to Marilyn Conibear in 1986 while on sabbatical
from the occupational therapy program at the University of Western
Ontario. Equipped with a new computer and database software, she began
doing an inventory of her own books when the larger picture began to
formulate, "Why not create a database of occupational therapy
journals for all to use?"
Two years later, Marilyn had recorded 8 occupational therapy journals,
personally inputting abstracts from as far back as 1970. Today the list
of journals has grown to over 20.
Not intimidated by technology, Marilyn ensured that OTDBASE took
advantage of new developments. Initially searches were mailed, then faxed,
then e-mailed. Now, in just a few clicks of the mouse, subscribers can
have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Marilyn attributes her web-based
success, first to Richard Powell of OT Internet World fame and then to Matt
Bishop, the present OTDBASE engineer.
"Placing OTDBASE on the Internet has made it even more accessible
to occupational therapists. As a former Moose Jaw occupational therapist,
I know the difficulties of keeping up-to-date when you are not close to a
large centre," explained Marilyn. "I wanted OTDBASE to save
therapists time, be as accessible and as cheap as possible, and contribute
to occupational therapists' continuing professional development and research."
She has succeeded. Many thanks Marilyn for reaching out to occupational
Article courtesy of Marilyn Conibear & The Canadian
Association of Occupational Therapists.
OTDBASE website developed by: Marilyn Conibear (FCAOT), Matt Bishop (MSE)
and Trina Ogilvie of Proving Ground Media.
The Benefits of OT Abstract Search
There are many advantages to being able to search the abstracts of
occupational therapy journals on the Internet. A few of those advantages
are as follows:
It saves time. The amount of time clinicians, students and researchers
spend in libraries trying to find occupational therapy literature which may
or may not exist can be cut enormously. Now the time can be spent finding
the complete articles you already know exist.
It broadens the therapist's knowledge base with an International
repository of articles published by occupational therapists.
Prevents the "reinventing of the wheel" syndrome in occupational
therapy. For example, you may discover that a program you were thinking of
starting has already been tried and evaluated, or that the research project
you were considering already has a pilot study completed and evaluated.
Perhaps your search will reveal that a splint already designed and evaluated
could well serve the needs of your patient with that unusual hand problem.